New incoming Head of Junior School announced

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Wyatt will be joining Trinity College School in August as our new Head of Junior School.

With the announcement in November that Mrs. Barbara Winsor Piccini would be retiring as Head of Junior School at the end of this academic year, the School embarked on an extensive search process to identify her successor. Through the work of an executive search firm, over 40 exceptional candidates were identified for consideration by the School’s selection committee.

Through a series of interviews, Jennifer was ultimately selected as the new Head of Junior School due to her educational qualifications, her experience as a teacher of elementary aged students, and her demonstrated leadership in both public and private schools (The York School and Havergal College). Jennifer holds a bachelor’s of arts degree (honours) from the University of Toronto, a bachelor’s of education degree from the University of Ottawa and a master’s of education degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

The selection committee was particularly impressed with Jennifer’s breadth of leadership experiences; her expertise in curriculum development and mapping; and her understanding of child development specific to the elementary level. Formally holding the posts of Education Officer for the province’s Education Quality & Accountability Office (EQAO) and Director of Curriculum, Vice Principal, and most recently, Junior School Principal at The York School in Toronto, will serve her well in her new role at TCS.

Jennifer will be relocating from Toronto to Port Hope and is looking forward to her new post, saying, “I am honoured and excited to join TCS, where I will be learning and growing with a team of dedicated professionals in a community that has only exhibited warmth and welcoming.”

In her new role at TCS, Jennifer will lead and inspire a talented teaching and support staff of fourteen and an engaged student body of approximately 100 students; she will also be an active member of the School’s shared leadership team. In considering her first few months at TCS, Jennifer notes that these early days will be “critical in terms of building relationships with the community, including students, families, faculty and staff. I aim to know each student’s name at the Junior School by the end of the second week, if not sooner, and to meet with individuals and small groups to hear firsthand what they value most about TCS and what they hope and dream for the students’ future, and TCS’s future. I will work with the faculty and staff to ensure that the Junior School continues to be a place where students are at the centre of everything we do, and that they are successful, happy and safe in their environment.”

Jennifer will officially take over as the School’s new Head of Junior School on August 1, 2018 when Barbara retires. In advance of Barb’s retirement, the School will take several occasions to celebrate her 19 years of dedicated service to Trinity College School.

Please join me in welcoming Jennifer to the Trinity College School community.

- Stuart Grainger, headmaster